How Gene Wilder Found Love Again After Gilda Radner – and Spent His Final Years with Wife Karen as a Renaissance Man

They say you find love when you're least expecting it – and that's exactly what happened when Gene Wilder met his future wife Karen Boyer. 

The actor had been married to iconic comedian Gilda Radner – a famed romance that ended tragically when Radner died in 1989 of ovarian cancer, more than four years after they had wed. Wilder's nephew, Jordan Walker-Pearlman, tells PEOPLE the actor "questioned whether he would ever date again." 

"I think a part of him, after Gilda, wondered, 'Will I ever find someone who excites me again,' " says Walker-Pearlman of the legendary Willy Wonka star, who died Sunday of complications from Alzheimer's disease at age 83. "He never went on a single date after Gilda died." 

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